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Tuesday, December 13, 2016, 18:15 - 20:30


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 Kent E. Calder

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    Andrew Horvat    

What better time to look at how ideas are translated into policies than when a new US administration is making its appointments to cabinet and other key posts in Washington. Kent Calder, advisor to US ambassadors to Tokyo and at present director of the Reischauer Center at SAIS in Washington DC, led a multi-year research project called the “Ideas Industry” that sought to locate the institutions that generate policy-relevant ideas in the United States, Japan, and South Korea. Calder and his team spent much time focusing on the evolving role of think tanks as sources not only of ideas but also of human talent for administrations in Washington and elsewhere. At this book break on the book published in October by the center, Calder will talk about the project and how it relates to trends in the United States and Asia today.

In contrast to Washington and Seoul, where think tanks have served as incubators of policy-relevant proposals, in Japan ideas and talent that have transformed politics has emanated from the news media. Veteran Tokyo correspondent Andrew Horvat, argues that Japanese news reporters’ much criticized collaborative relationship with political power is not a liability for Japan but an asset. Eight of Japan’s prime ministers have been former journalists; the present electoral system was put in place by a journalist advisor to a prime minister who himself had been a reporter; the leader of Japan’s largest opposition party and the governor of Tokyo have both read news in front of TV cameras.  But will the Japanese news media, now under both financial and political pressure, be able to continue to provide ideas and talent in the public interest?

Kent Calder is Director of the Reischauer Center for East Asian Studies at Johns Hopkins SAIS in Washington, DC. Before assuming his current post in 2003, he taught for twenty years at Princeton University. Calder has served as Special Advisor to the US Ambassador to Japan (1997-2001) and as the first Executive Director of Harvard University’s Program on US-Japan Relations. Calder received his PhD from Harvard University in 1979, where he worked under the direction of Edwin O. Reischauer. His most recent works include The US, Japan, and the Gulf Region (August 2015).

Andrew Horvat is at present a guest professor at Josai International University. From 1970 to 1998, Horvat worked as a Tokyo-based correspondent covering the Asia Pacific region for the Associated Press, the Los Angeles Times, the London Independent and American Public Radio. Horvat is co-editor with Gebhard Hielscher of Sharing the Burden of the Past: Legacies of War in Europe, America and Asia. Horvat was president of the FCCJ from 1988 to 1989 and obtained his B.A. and M.A. in Asian Studies from the University of British Columbia.

The library committee is offering a cocktail party–"Meet the Author"–starting at 6:15 pm, followed by dinner at 6:45 pm (Menu: Salad/Sautéed Salmon, Scallop and Shrimp Panaché with  Tapenade /Chocolate Pound Cake with Banana/Coffee or Tea). Drinks can be ordered on a cash basis from the bar in the room. Book Break charges are 2,100yen/3,500yen (members/non-members) per person. The member price is applicable to members’ guests.

To FCCJ members: Sign up now at the reception desk (03-3211-3161) or on the FCCJ website. To help us plan proper seating and food preparation, please reserve in advance, preferably by noon of the day of the event. Those without reservations will be turned away once available seats are filled. Reservations canceled less than 24 hours in advance will be charged in full.

To non-members: Sign up now at the reception desk by mail (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. ). Please reserve and pay in advance by Thursday, December 8. Those without reservations will be turned away once available seats are filled. No refund is available unless event is canceled for the reasons on our part.

(The talk will be in English)

 

 

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